Ireland votes in a historic abortion referendum

May 25, 2018, 7:41 AM EDT
(Source: National Party/flickr)
(Source: National Party/flickr)

More than 3.2 million people in Ireland are voting in a historic abortion referendum that may lead to the scrapping of the so-called “Eighth Amendment” and liberalize the country’s highly restrictive law on terminations.

In 1983, Ireland introduced the Eighth Amendment to its constitution, acknowledging that the life of the unborn and the mother are equal, and on that ground, effectively banning abortions in the country, notes the BBC.

Polls suggest a tight contest between the Yes and No sides as people vote to answer, “Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the undermentioned Bill?”

The referendum, sixth in Ireland on the subject of abortion, is a culmination of a decades-old debate and a fiercely contested campaign between the two sides that have left no stone unturned on social media and on ground to win over undecided voters, writes The Guardian.